The Agency Audit and Risk Committee is a sub-committee of the Management Advisory Board and meets on a regular basis. It is made up of three non–executives from the Management Advisory Board.

Helen Mackenzie - Chair

Helen Mackenzie MCIPS IPFA has been a senior leader in the UK public procurement for nearly a decade. She has authored a number of publications about procurement and published many articles on line.

Helen is currently the Principal Advisor for Procurious, the international on-line community for procurement and supply chain where she leads on webinars, podcasts and the UK Chief Procurement Officer Roundtable programme. Helen’s teams have demonstrated award winning performance at Scottish and UK level. Helen has received international recognition for her pioneering work combining public procurement with community empowerment. Helen contributes to the development of procurement policy and thinking across the world. She chairs the Procurious Scottish CPO Roundtable.

She is an external trustee and audit committee chair of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, one of the leading student union charities in the UK.

Ian Forbes - Member

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School. He has considerable financial services experience gained across investment management, life insurance and banking sectors.

Ian has worked in Internal Audit, Risk Management and held financial leadership roles across the UK, Europe, US and in India where developed the finance team for Standard Life's joint venture insurer.

Ian was the Head of Financial Management at Standard Life Bank and subsequently the Head of Finance for Standard Life's Group Operations division where he introduced Finance Business Partnering. Latterly, Ian was a Senior Manager in Lloyd's Banking Group's Insurance division where he developed risk and financial processes and reporting in anticipation of Solvency 2 legislation.

At Standard Life, Ian was a Board member of Standard Life Employee Services Limited (the staff and pensions entity).

Liz Holmes - Member

Liz joined the Scottish Public Pensions Agency's Audit and Risk Committee in April 2016, Liz has over 30 years’ experience in central government, including the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, principally as Head of Internal Audit for the Forestry Commission providing assurance on governance and risk management across a wide range of business activities, both commercial and corporate, and involving significant organisational change.

Liz also has experience at management level in Finance, Corporate Planning and HR. Professionally, Liz was previously Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors Scottish District Committee, and sat on the UK panel leading to the Institute's charter status award. Liz is an active volunteer supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and is currently Treasurer for both her local lifeboat station and its fundraising committee.

The Committee’s responsibilities are to provide advice on issues of risk and controls, finance, governance and assurance. The reports of the meetings are available below:

Meeting Minutes:






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